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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 27, 2020
Contact: Matthew Deasaro

ATF Offers Reward in Gun Store Burglary

ATF, Billings Police Department and the Firearms Industry Seek Public’s Help in Firearms Theft from Western Pawnbrokers FFL

Billings, MT. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), in conjunction with the Billings Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information that leads to the recovery of the stolen firearms, arrest, and conviction for those responsible for the theft of firearms from Western Pawnbrokers, a federal firearm licensee (FFL).

On March 24th, 2020 Western Pawnbrokers, located at 2817 Montana Ave, Billings, Mt., was burglarized where approximately 8 firearms were reported stolen. ATF Industry Operations Investigators responded to the FFL to conduct an inventory to determine the exact number of firearm stolen.

ATF is offering the reward for the amount of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of up to $10,000. This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearm retailers.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or the Billings Police Department at (406) 657-8460.

Information can also be sent to, through ATF’s website at Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting

ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving firearms and violent crimes, and regulates the firearm industry. More information about ATF and its programs is available at


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